I see a shitstorm coming

I just noticed this “assertion of intellectual property rights on canvas”:http://lists.whatwg.org/pipermail/whatwg-whatwg.org/2007-March/010129.html from Apple, Inc (That is, they claim to own patents on the technology). Without elaborating further, and only speaking on behalf of myself: This has the potential to make people upset.

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  1. Asbjørn Ulsberg

     /  2007-03-15

    I guess we all have to stop using it, then. Removing it from HTML5 and instead invent something different. Or, challenge the patents in court. I’m pretty sure we can find prior art that can render the patents useless. It’s just to start looking, I guess.

  2. Some companies patent everything that looks original, and Apple is one of them. There is a reason you don’t see a nice click-wheel on any other MP3 player… In fact, most big technological firms work that way. And they did invent the CANVAS element, didn’t they? So why should anyone be surprised this was patented?
    Quote from the forwarded message:
    “However, in the event that the Web Applications 1.0 Working Draft, dated March 24, 2005, becomes part of a formalized draft standard at W3C or IETF, for example, Apple is prepared to address the disclosure/licensing rules of such organizations.”
    So, they state that when HTML5 moves to a standards body with actual procedures, they will likely bring in their patents as required by the patent policy of these bodies. That is exactly why the W3C patent policy is useful. Doesn’t the phrase I quote indicate good faith intentions? If they would refuse to bring in their patents in an W3C version of HTML5, at least now we’d know, so we can ditch the technology and let it rot in Safari…
    IANAL, but neither are you 🙂

  3. Is it just me or is Apple becoming the new Microsoft?

  4. Toman

     /  2007-03-16

    I wonder why they didn’t put this forth long ago. Or did they?